Royal Caribbean International gets green light for Bahamas development

Bahamian government has approved the line’s Royal Beach Club on Paradise Island in Nassau

Royal Caribbean International gets green light for Bahamas development

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Royal Caribbean International’s new Royal Beach Club on Paradise Island will create an investment opportunity for local Bahamian businesses

By Alice Chambers |

Royal Caribbean International has received approval from the government of The Bahamas to develop its first Royal Beach Club on Paradise Island in Nassau, The Bahamas.

The 17-acre destination is part of a public-private partnership, with 13 acres owned by Royal Caribbean International and four by the Bahamian government. Experiences developed on the Crown land will result in profits shared between the cruise line and the government, which will be reinvested into the local community. Local businesses will have the opportunity to manage experiences at the Royal Beach Club and be invited to own up to 49 per cent equity.

The club is designed to combine the island’s natural beaches with the cruise line’s signature experiences. Locally inspired architecture will aim to reflect Bahamian lifestyle with island-style barbecues, live music and local artisans. The club will also feature private cabanas and several swimming pools.

“The Bahamas has been a phenomenal partner since the very start, when they became our first port of call more than 50 years ago,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “As we continue to bring millions of visitors to experience attractions throughout Nassau each year, The Royal Beach Club at Paradise Island is the next bold adventure in Royal Caribbean’s commitment to both increasing tourism in The Bahamas and delivering memorable vacations to our guests.”

The new destination is set to open in 2025 and will generate hundreds of jobs across its construction and long-term operation.

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